Gratitude….

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As Christmas approaches it’s not the title or the topic of a post that you would expect but as I look back at the month past, I realize that November an eye opener to those things we need to be thankful for!

Two experiences this month have once again reminded me why I LOVE working at Good Learning Anywhere and why we do what we do.


The first was my trip to Wasauksing First Nations to be present and to present an award to Ivy Tabobandung. She is someone who constantly inspires me and that I’m proud to call a friend. Ivy is working towards a life-long goal; her dedication and enthusiasm, even as life throws curve balls at her, amazes me. She and many others are the reason we do what we do, and why we strive to do the best with every email, every phone call and every course we teach at GLA.

I also had the opportunity to present at CESBA today – a conference for those working in adult Literacy programs in School Board. I was able to share the hour with 4 other presenters who are doing amazing things with technology in their classrooms and programs! Their enthusiasm and excitement were contagious as they shared their stories! Then it was my turn….

Heart thumping, palms sweaty and mouth dry….I approached the platform. I’m always excited to tell the GLA story and the things that we do – but how would this large group of experienced LBS Managers receive what we do???
As usual, a few slides into the presentation I was sailing – speaking a 100 miles a minute and trying to fit in all the amazing things we do at GLA in FIFTEEN minutes! At the end of it the comments and the feedback was – what your group does is AMAZING…and I have to agree….it is.

We have the opportunity to connect with individuals all across Ontario on a daily basis…and we work with learners, practitioners and colleagues that push us to be our best and challenge us to be better…to do more…to try something new…

Thank you to Ivy and to CESBA for reminding me….

Author: liwright

3 Responses to "Gratitude…."

  1. Sandra Turner
    Sandra Turner Posted on December 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I love that image. I love how your passion for the program and the people shines so brightly in this article. Thanks for sharing LW:)

  2. warrenbbutler
    warrenbbutler Posted on December 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That picture can means many different things to so many different people. I think it’s great to celebrate these successes….we need to share more of these stories with the literacy field and our funders, Well done Linda!

  3. Ivy
    Ivy Posted on December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks to Sioux Hudson GLA and you Linda for giving my mom and I the opportunity share in this special event because the next ones she will not be here to share the joy and accomplishments. Shortly after this award day my mom had passed away but not before I got to see the pride in her eyes as she realized that this award was for me and also named in my honour. For that I will be forever in your debt.
    Miigwetch. Ivy